Cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used for years on patients seeking effective, alternative methods of pain relief. In fact, cold laser procedures are an excellent option for patients who require treatment, but who prefer to avoid medication or invasive treatments.
Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure meaning that it does not heat or cut the tissue, unlike high intensity lasers. This means that there is no prolonged recovery time. The laser works at a cellular level by utilizing specific wavelengths of light to interact with your tissue which helps to accelerate your body’s natural healing mechanism.
Cold laser therapy has been used to treat a broad range of both acute and chronic conditions including migraine headaches, neck, back and knee pain, arthritis, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, to name a few.
Cold laser therapy does not mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease like many pharmacological treatments. It treats the underlying condition to promote healing. This means that the benefits of cold laser therapy gives maximum opportunity for repairing damaged tissue in the shortest amount of time.
Cold laser therapy can be easily administered. The cold lasers are handheld devices often the size of a flashlight. Clinicians place the laser directly over the affected area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit. It is quick and painless!
Please note that cold laser therapy has definitely shown major benefits for chronic pain sufferers, but the healing response time may not be as quick as when compared to acute sufferers. While each session only takes a few minutes, it may take a series of treatments before you can gauge its effectiveness.
Overall, cold laser therapy can help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality, thereby relieving those pain-filled days and sleepless nights, ultimately giving you your life back.
Call us here at Calgary Laserworks today to discuss how we can help alleviate your pain.
When injured, the key is to act quickly to minimize downtime. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) treats inflammation, provides deep-tissue therapy, and accelerates pain relief to help you get back in the game quickly.
Low level lasers have been proven to be a remarkably safe, effective, painless, and medication-free therapy option for many decades now.
With low level laser therapy, a visible coherent light is applied to specific acupuncture points of the body (ears, hands, feet, etc.). Acupuncture points are access points to the body’s energy path ways called “meridians”. This light energy passes through the layers of the skin at these points and is received within the cell membrane by specific receptors. This causes an increase in the energy in the cell which jump-starts changes that positively stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms to restore energy and re-balance the body.
Low level lasers are also known as “cold” lasers, meaning that they do not have a thermal effect and are used to stimulate tissue rather than destroy it. The “cold” laser does not cause any tissue damage because healthy cells exhibit weak or no effects from the low-power laser while unhealthy cells exhibit strong effects. Low level lasers have been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain.
These treatments usually take about 10 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week. The ease of using the laser and the speed with which injuries respond are key features of LLLT.
Next time you find yourself on the sidelines with an injury, check out low level laser therapy. This non-invasive, sterile, drug-free treatment will have you back on track in no time!